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Contractions and Abbreviations

Sometimes, we shorten or combine words by creating contractions. To make a contraction, we remove a letter or letters from a word and replace the letter(s) with an apostrophe ('). For example, we shorten "He is feeling ill" to "He's feeling ill."

Some other common contractions include: aren't for are not, can't for can not, he'll for he will, and won't for will not.

We also use abbreviations to shorten words in English. This is especially common with titles. For example, we shorten the title Doctor to Dr. To show that two people are married, they use the titles Mr. and Mrs. For example, "I'd like you to meet Mr. and Mrs. Ford." All military titles are abbreviated, such as Capt. for Captain, or Sgt. for Sergeant.

Common business abbreviations in English are Co. for Company, or Corp. for Corporation. For example, "Stu has worked for Rockville Corp. for five years."

Contractions and Abbreviations Grammar Quiz

  1. there a lot of good movies out?

  2. taking me out to dinner for my birthday.

  3. a lunar eclipse tonight.

  4. I cannot believe that Christmas season already.

  5. I'm bummed I get the job.

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Ceci Morocho

Ecuador

hi is

01:23 PM Jul 04 2010 |

Bahruddin

Indonesia

ain't—> be not

08:42 AM Jun 20 2010 |

1 person likes this

nRicosS

Indonesia

LOL = Laugh Out Loud

Gotcha = got you

03:11 AM May 24 2010 |

micawber

Azerbaijan

it's a cat=it is a cat

it's stopped the rain=it has stopped the rain

 

11:05 AM May 15 2010 |

Nahylah

Nahylah

France

couldn't for could not, mustn't for must not, wouldn't for would not, you're for you are, I'm for I am, let's for let us

07:16 PM Apr 15 2010 |

clauflores

Mexico

he´s working in the beach

09:50 PM Mar 17 2010 |

Apple Meneses

Philippines

I'll get my things first…Were you able to come?

 

We'll be back later. Anyway, I didn't bring my phone.:((

07:33 PM Mar 09 2010 |

Apple Meneses

Philippines

I wasn't able to give…:))

07:31 PM Mar 09 2010 |

x_unit

Egypt

shan't for shall not 

wouldn't for would not 

08:51 AM Feb 04 2010 |

alcide

Italy

asap

06:52 PM Jan 08 2010 |